Nikon D5300 Review
Nikon D5300 Review

Nikon D5300 which is an ‘advanced beginner’ DSLR, is made to replace the almighty Nikon D5200 and it fits between the entry-level Nikon D3200 and the enthusiast-targeted D7100 series in the APS-C lineup. The D5300 is equipped with a 24MP sensor, an articulated rear LCD, and more physical controls than the D3200, but it doesn’t have the twin-dial interface and professional-grade AF system of the Nikon D7100.

Nikon D5300 is a lot like the predecessor Nikon D5200. The Nikon D5300 is a bit lighter and a bit smaller than the Nikon D5200 and it is also stronger under the hood. The D5300 has a 24MP sensor without the anti-aliasing filter, which will give it the edge in terms of resolution over the D5200. The difference is subtle, but it is always nice to see improvements in picture quality.

Key features:

  • 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS image sensor
  • 39-point high-density autofocus system with 9 cross-type sensors
  • EXPEED 4 image processor
  • Dazzling Full HD 1080p video recording with built-in stereo microphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for instant image sharing and camera control, and built-in GPS for geotagging your shots
  • Extra-large ultra-high resolution Vari-angle LCD that swivels 180°

Nikon D5300 also offers a improved video mode, which is capable of true 1080/60p HD video. Better video capabilities and a larger articulated LCD screen will make the D5300 more attractive to video creators as well as o stills photographers. Other new features are the built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Battery life also got a little boost as it is now rated for up to 600 shots, compared to 500 shots with the D5200.

Sensor and processor:

Overall camera performance is exactly the same as it was with the D5200; it’s a fairly responsive camera in daily use. Onscreen response to button and dial operation is brisk whether you’re navigating through menu screens, zooming in and out of live view previews or changing shooting parameters. Nikon D5300 is using a newer and stronger EXPEED 4 processor when comparing it to the Nikon D5200’s EXPEED 3 processor which gives it a boost when the camera is saving images or when you are editing images on the camera.

Specifications:

  • Effective pixels: 24.2 million
  • Image sensor: CMOS sensor, 23.5 x 15.6 mm; total pixels: 24.78 million; Nikon DX format
  • Image size (pixels): 6000 x 4000 (L); 4496 x 3000 (M); 2992 x 2000 (S)
  • Sensitivity: ISO 100 to ISO 25600
  • Storage media: SD memory cards, SDHC and SDXC compliant
  • Monitor: Vari-Angle 3.2 in, 1.037.000 dot TFT
  • Interface: Hi-Speed USB, mini HDMI, A/V
  • Power sources: Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL14 or EN-EL14a
  • Dimensions (W x H x D):  Approx. 125 x 98 x 76 mm (4.92 x 3.9 x 3.0 in.)
  • Weight: Approx. 480 g (16.9 oz.) body only

Autofocus system:

Nikon D5300 uses the same 39-point AF system as its predecessor and the D7000. Autofocus with the 18-140mm is speedy and accurate enough for most purposes. In very low light, the D5300 displays an occasional habit of confirming that a scene is in focus when it isn’t.

Image quality:

Nikon D5300’s 24MP APS-C sensor is powerful, both in terms of resolution and the dynamic range it renders. It shares this feature with the semi-pro D7100, and like that model, lacks an anti-aliasing filter. It’s likely that the D5300’s sensor is more than most of its users will really need – especially those who shoot JPEGs, and/or those who will only shoot with a kit lens.

What’s in the box:

The contents are for the Nikon D5300 body and the 18-140mm lens kit.

  • Nikon D5300 Body
  • NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens
  • EN-EL14a Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • EG-CP16 Nikon Audio/Video Cable
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Shield
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Hot-Shoe Cover
  • Nikon View NX2 Software CD-ROM
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Warranty Cards

Conclusion:

If you are looking for a DSLR and want something approachable yet serious, but not quite as pro as the D7100, the D5300 is an excellent option. It won’t let anyone in this category down in terms of image or video quality. Absolute beginners can happily shoot away in Auto, and those who are a little more experienced will find all of their basic exposure controls relatively easy to access. It’s not the fine-tuned, semi-pro instrument that the D7100 is, but its image quality could lead you to believe otherwise. There are some other complaints that the D5300 shares with the D5200 but it is just that the interface could use a update. The introduction of a Wi-Fi module is not a big improvement but it can certainly come in handy when you want to share your images right after you made them.